View Full Version : ? about Locking Clips
09-02-2005, 07:02 PM
I've never understood this issue - when does a locking clip need to be used...I saw this post (http://www.windsorpeak.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=13&topic_id=30398&mesg_id=30433&page=3) and I have this car seat (Combi Connection) - but I thought I needed to use a locking clip. My seat belt looks very similar to this one - the part that buckles into the buckle looks just like that - slides freely on the belt. I thought that that meant I needed to use the locking clip? But that post I referenced said that if the seat belt locks after being extended, no locking clip is required. Anyone know? I'd love not to use it since it's almost impossible to get it to work the way my seat belt is positioned...
09-02-2005, 09:29 PM
If your seat belts lock, you do not need a locking clip. The locking clip locks seatbelts that do not lock. All cars sold post 1996 are required to have locking seatbelts and many cars prior to that had locking belts.
Another time you might use a locking clip is when you have an infant base being pulled up on one side by a locking retractor seat belt.
09-03-2005, 07:49 AM
The manuals for car seats never mention retractors, which are another way of locking belts.
And like Katie said, if your car is newer than 1996, the belts DO lock...pull the shoulderbelt all the way out, slowly, after you have the base installed with the lapbelt, then let it retract...you'll hear a faint clicking noise, and the belt will be completely locked.
I can't wait till everyone has a car with locking belts, and carsats quit coming included with them :P...they are more confusion than they are worth!
Julie CPS Tech and mom to 2 in seats
09-03-2005, 12:26 PM
Thank you!!! That makes a lot of sense!
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